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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(15); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061514.

The Use of Minority Languages and the Sense of Belonging to Ethnic Groups


Yang Yuan1,2

Corresponding Author:
Yang Yuan

1Faculty of Education, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, 710062, Shaanxi, China

2School of Humanities and Communication, University of Sanya, Sanya, 572022, Hainan, China


In order to understand the relationship between the use of minority languages and the sense of belonging to ethnic groups, this article conducted a correlation analysis between the use of minority languages in China and the sense of belonging to ethnic groups. Research has found that in a survey of 100 people's proficiency in their own language, 69 were proficient in using their own language, 20 were not proficient in using it, and 11 were completely unable to use it. There is a significant positive correlation between the use of minority languages and the sense of belonging to ethnic groups, and its influencing factors include the number of ethnic populations, proficiency in language use, and attitudes of ethnic members towards ethnic languages. Due to the large population, wide distribution range, and complex influencing factors of ethnic minorities, as well as the high frequency and wide range of use of ethnic minority languages, their impact on the sense of belonging to ethnic groups is greater than in nonethnic minority areas with smaller populations. The use of minority languages can enhance a sense of social belonging within an ethnic group, and this impact is positive and positive.


Ethnic Minorities, Language Use, Ethnic Group Belonging, Use of Mandarin, Ethnic Minority Language

Cite This Paper

Yang Yuan. The Use of Minority Languages and the Sense of Belonging to Ethnic Groups. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 15: 86-92. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061514.


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